MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Last Week Alabama was awarded $2.3 billion in a settlement with British Petroleum over the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Unfortunately, this money will not have any impact on the state's General Fund shortfall.
The governor is still set to call a special session for later this summer. His office is stating that talks with key legislators have been productive. When we last saw the legislative body together they passed a ridiculous budget that most all involved admitted was in no way a solution to the problems that this state faces.
The decision to hold a special session later rather than sooner was based in part so that legislators could go back to their districts and gauge the true pulse of their constituents. We are now over a month into that time, and I am not seeing much in the way of town hall meetings or public events to educate the people about the decisions that need to be made on their behalf.
Make no mistake about it, the decisions that are being made to fund crucial departments and programs in this state will affect you, and not just because your taxes may or may not go up. You should be informed and have the opportunity to state your opinion.
You can contact your representatives and give them your opinion or ask for more information. I encourage you to make your voice heard.